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As Florida hunkers down for Hurricane Irma, another reminder of the power of nature: Mexico’s most powerful earthquake in decades killed at least 34 people last night. At Magnitude 8.1, it triggered alerts as far away as Southeast Asia.
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At a moment of historic division, the President told reporters yesterday, “The people of the United States…want to see coming together." Specifically he’s coming together with Democrats on Capitol Hill, stepping over Republican leadership in the House and the Senate. As always with this President, the question is, “How long will it last?” One biographer says his “love bombs” have limited fallout. What’s in store for Obamacare, tax cuts, the Border Wall… and next year’s midterm elections?
Burgess Everett, Politico (@burgessev)
Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post (@JRubinBlogger)
Adam Jentleson, Center for American Progress (@AJentleson)
Gwenda Blair, Author (@GwendaLBlair)
Molly Reynolds, Brookings Institution (@mollyereynolds)
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says he won’t stand for the Star Spangled Banner after police pointed a gun at his head in Las Vegas. Unlike 49ers former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, at least Bennett is working.
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Imprisoning our mentally ill? American jails and prisons have become hospitals for the mentally ill. A murderer doing 20 years at New York’s Sing Sing prison works with schizophrenics serving 24 months for misdemeanors. He tells Warren that sick people should be treated outside. The Sheriff in Chicago says it’s not just inhumane but a waste of taxpayers’ money. How did we get here? What can be done?
Did Trump get conned by Kim? Six months after threatening nuclear warfare, “little rocket man” and the “dotard” were talking peace in Singapore. Beyond the hype, did President Trump and Kim Jong Un really mean it? A seasoned diplomat, a UN nuclear weapons inspector and veteran journalists provide contrasting assessments.
Post primary wrap, what’s the takeaway? California’s billed as the heart of “resistance” to President Trump. But in this month’s Golden State primary, young and Latino voters stayed home. That’s produced a clash of voices between Progressive Democrats and Clinton-era Centrists. What will that mean come November with control of the Congress at stake?
The politics of prison reform Prison reform is moving in Red States, Blue States and (maybe) on Capitol Hill. But America still incarcerates more people than any other country-- including China. Meantime, the Trump White House is divided. Jared Kushner is pushing sentence reform, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to stay “tough on crime.” What are the prospects for much needed change?
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